Clinical trial capacity
Northern Health encourages investigator-driven and sponsored clinical trials. Northern Health has the capacity to conduct phase II, III  and IV clinical trials. Clinical trials are currently being conducted in the following areas:

  • Aged care
  • Anaesthesia
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics

Ethics approval
Northern Health does not have a full Human Research Ethics Committee. Ethical approval for high risk research is accepted via the National Mutual Acceptance scheme. Northern Health Low Risk Ethics Committee provides ethical review of NH initiated single site low risk research projects. Click here for further information about Northern Health ethics applications.

Governance approval
All governance applications (site specific assessments or SSAs) are to be submitted via ERM. All research conducted at Northern Health requires a local principal investigator (Northern Health employee or honorary). Research Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is required for principal and associate investigators. Click here for further information about Northern Health research governance.

Research agreements
Research agreements are required when the Sponsor is external to Northern Health. Research agreements are not required to be submitted as part of an ethics submission, however are required as part of the Northern Health governance submission. Northern Health Office of Research will facilitate the execution or sign-off of contracts. Contracts and indemnity forms are required in triplicate with two copies to remain at Northern Health. Click here for further detail regarding research contracts and agreements or contact for any questions.